We propose to test the dark matter (DM) interpretation of the positron excess observed by the PAMELA cosmic-ray (CR) detector through the identification of a Galactic diffuse gamma-ray component associated to DM-induced prompt and radiative emission. The goal is to present an analysis based on minimal sets of assumptions and extrapolations with respect to locally testable or measurable quantities. We discuss the differences between the spatial and spectral features for the DM-induced components (with an extended, possibly spherical, source function) and those for the standard CR contribution (with sources confined within the stellar disc), and propose to focus on intermediate and large latitudes. We address the dependence of the signal to background ratio on the model adopted to describe the propagation of charged CRs in the Galaxy, and find that, in general, the DM-induced signal can be detected by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope at energies above 100 GeV. An observational result in agreement with the prediction from standard CR components only, would imply very strong constraints on the DM interpretation of the PAMELA excess. On the other hand, if an excess in the diffuse emission above 100 GeV is identified, the angular profile for such emission would allow for a clean disentanglement between the DM interpretation and astrophysical explanations proposed for the PAMELA excess. We also compare to the radiative diffuse emission at lower frequencies, sketching, in particular, the detection prospects at infrared frequencies with the Planck satellite.
|Titolo:||Testing the dark matter interpretation of the PAMELA excess through measurements of the galactic diffuse emission|
|Autori:||Regis, M; Ullio, Piero|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2009|
|Numero di Articolo:||043525|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1103/PhysRevD.80.043525|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|